Journal

Inspired by the collection of the retired Lebanese photojournalist Diab Alkarssifi and creatively arranged by the Polish artist Ania Dabrowska, a new high-quality Art book aims to proudly exhibit and otherwise expand on an incredible archive of Lebanese and Arab photographs passionately collected over a lifetime. Now a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to help make it a reality! With three weeks to go, you can contribute up until 27 September, 2014.

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Maya Youssef is the award-winning Syrian kanun (plucked zither) player who is bravely responding to the challenge of not being a passive witness to the ugly war taking place in her home country. She is prepared to give musical hope to the innocent refugee children caught up in this dirty conflict. Holding an unconditional offer to do a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), she wants to research an improved musical approach to working with traumatised displaced youngsters. But, she needs your support to raise the necessary funds to make her project a reality.

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With a 72-hour humanitarian truce being called today as the latest development in the Israel-Gaza conflict situation, top lawyer Michael Mansfield QC will host an event this evening, bringing together leading international lawyers to discuss the continued crimes committed in Gaza.

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For all Libyans, living inside or outside the country, this month of June brings a significant and very important opportunity to individually participate and partake in our home nation’s democratic process; and, to put forth in motion the much needed change away from the current chaos, confusion and lack of security caused by an ineffective General National Congress (GNC).

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At my grand big age of 39, I still remember a time when significant world news would come in trickles and take some weeks, months and years to digest before we would hear the next big story or see the next big iconic photo-image that would come to symbolise our experiences of a history shared. Certain transformational events would also come to bond people of specific generational gaps at the level of the collective consciousness.

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The world is horrified by the kidnapping of the 200+ Chibok schoolgirls in the north-eastern part of Nigeria by Boko Haram, an armed militant Islamist group set against the basic right to life and the right to an education; and, as well, by the fact that the Nigerian government had advance warning but did little to intervene.

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Please support 24-year-old Joanne Lightfoot to raise a minimum of £2000 for Syria’s children tomorrow Sunday 3 November, 2013 whilst enjoying a night of Middle Eastern entertainment with food and drink at the Mia Lounge, 100 Avenue Road, Swiss Cottage, NW3 3HR.

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'Revolution by Love' is the book name and reference to the energetic project started by a group of thirteen Middle East and North Africa (MENA) activists who were all attending a public administration program at Maxwell School, Syracuse University in the United States in April 2012. These emerging Arab youth voices came to visit the Shcool of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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Honouring the Late US Ambassador Christopher J Stevens

 

Shocked and horrified were my feelings last year on September 11, 2012. I was in the Costa del Sol in Spain when I heard the news of the terrible attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya killing the US Ambassador Christopher J Stevens, a man who truly loved my country and had very high hopes for Libya and its people. Three other Americans and ten Libyans also died. Why?

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Time Out London is bringing out the Hippy in me! This month brought me a coveted internship with the incredible Time Out London magazine to go towards my Journalism Diploma. I was fortunate to have made contact with them because of the Revolution taking place back home in Libya and they were happy to offer me a placement. 

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